What are the Tier 1, or entry level helicopter pilot jobs? What are the requisites of the job? How much can you earn? What is expected of you as an applicant for a Tier 1 helicopter pilot job? How can you prepare yourself to be sought after as a helicopter pilot candidate? What training do you need? All these questions need to be answered before you start your helicopter flight training. Your chosen pathway to a helicopter pilot career will be determined by the flight school you choose to attend, your attitude, the people you meet, your attentiveness to safety, and your customer service skills.
“Do you have what it takes to become a commercial pilot? Do you even know what it takes?”
Industry experts recommend that prospective student pilots chose a flight school that will FULLY prepare you for industry. To become a commercial helicopter pilot, it takes a lot more than simply earning your pilot ratings. Networking, personality, training, experience, and people skills all need to be developed in order to have a successful career.
In order to Meet the FAR Part 135 minimums, a pilot candidate needs 500 hours logged. In order to be “insurable” a pilot candidate needs 850+ hours. Under the Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 (PRIA) requires a hiring air carrier (under 14 CFR part 135) request, receive, and evaluate certain information regarding a pilot candidate. This must be accomplished before a pilot can begin flying for an employer. This is a key process in obtaining any pilot job. Employers gather and evaluate pilot candidates with the following information:
Note: Tier 2 employers probably won’t even look at your resume until you have 2,000 PIC hours. Tier 2 employers will want to know everything about your PIC hours, including a detailed breakdown of the type of flight hours you’ve flown. Be ready to present your logbook – keep it clean – its your life’s blood.